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Hot Work Safety Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and Canada.


We Offer Three Types of Hot Work Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Hot Work certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Hot Work Training Course?

Our Hot Work training course is regulation-aligned, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on pre-shift inspections and safe operations.

During this training, we will be taking a look at the specific procedures and tasks that are required of someone who is performing hot work. As part of this training, you will learn the importance of performing pre-shift inspections and conducting safe operations during the shift. We will emphasize the necessity to thoroughly inspect the work site before beginning hot work and to obtain a hot work permit. Finally, we will use case studies to demonstrate the negative results that may occur from ignoring or not complying with your hot work duties.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Hot Work Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • General Industry
    • 252 – General Requirements
    • 1910 Subpart Q – Welding, Cutting, and Brazing
    • 352 Subpart J – Welding and Cutting
  • Maritime
    • 1915 – Regulations for Shipyard Employment
      • 14 – Hot Work
      • 503 – Precautions for Hot Work
    • 1917 – Regulations for Marine Terminals
      • 152 – Welding, Cutting, and Heating (Hot Work)

Canada Standards

  • NFPA 51B – Fire Prevention in the Use of Cutting and Welding Processes
  • CSA Standard W117.2-12 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes
  • ANSI Z49.1:2012 – Safety in Welding, Cutting, and Allied Processes

Train the Trainer Certification

The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

Why Do I Need Hot Work Safety Training?

In line with regulations, anyone who conducts hot work must receive training prior to carrying out any hot work duties. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that prove continued competency.

Stay Informed On All Things Hot Work

Did You Know?

1 in 250 construction workers will suffer fatal injuries from welding over a working lifetime.(Source: Industrial Safety & Hygiene News).

An average of 4,630 structure fires involving hot work occur every year.(Source: National Fire Protection Association).


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Frequently Asked Questions

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What does hot work include?

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Hot work is any work that involves burning, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, grinding, using fire- or spark-producing tools, and any other work that produces any source of ignition. Hot work procedures may produce sparks, fire, molten slag, or hot material that has a potential to cause fires or explosions.

What does a hot work permit tell you?

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Hot work permits identify several pieces of information such as the work that is to be done, who is to perform it, the length of time it will take, the hazards associated with the work, and the control measures used. As a whole, it confirms that the area has been cleared for hot work and, if control measures are implemented, that it is safe to begin work in that area.

How long are hot work permits valid for?

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Hot work permits are valid for one day only and are restricted to one area. They should be posted in the area of hot work for the duration of the procedures. A copy of every permit should be kept on file by the designated supervisor for at least six months.

What is the purpose of fire watch?

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Fire watch is a measure put in place to help detect early signs of unwanted incidents such as fire breakout. Those assigned to fire watch are responsible for attentively surveying the area where hot work is being conducted and identifying and controlling any hazards that are present.

What should you do after finishing hot work?

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Just as hot work permits need to be completed prior to commencing any hot work tasks, they also need to be properly closed out after the hot work is completed. The area must be picked up and tools need to be put away. In addition, a fire watch should remain on the site for at least 30 minutes following hot work to ensure that no fires break out.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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